Jennifer Freyd, University of Oregon

Addressing Sexual Violence with Institutional Courage
Jennifer Freyd

Description

Semester: 
Fall 2019
Lecture Time: 
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 
R0220 Ross School of Business
Introduced By: 
Megan Kelly

Abstract

Sexual violence (including sexual assault and sexual harassment) occurs frequently and can cause substantial harm. Sexual violence is often experienced in the context of an institution (such as a university); our research indicates that associated institutional behaviors can harm or help. In this presentation I will present concepts and research related to these issues: betrayal trauma theory & betrayal blindness, DARVO (Deny, Attack, & Reverse Victim & Offender; a harmful perpetrator response to disclosure), institutional betrayal, and institutional courage. I will conclude by offering concrete steps that individuals and institutions can take to respond well to disclosures and to address sexual harassment and promote institutional courage.

Recording & Additional Notes

Reading List

Smith, C.P. & Freyd, J.J. (2014). Institutional betrayal. American Psychologist, 69, 575-587.
Harsey, S., Zurbriggen, E., & Freyd, J.J. (2017). Perpetrator Responses to Victim Confrontation: DARVO and Victim Self-Blame. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 26, 644-663.
Freyd, J.J. (2018). When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them. The Conversation, 11 January 2018.